The World Health Organisation are set to hold discussions with South African officials over reducing the swine flu risk at next summer’s World Cup. "We are looking at the government's plans and all those measures that they are putting in place to deal with any kind of disease outbreak that could happen with the World Cup," said a WHO spokeswoman. The tournament, which will be held throughout June and July next year, is anticipated to attract over 450,000 spectators, increasing the risk of the disease spreading. The H1N1 virus, which was declared a global pandemic by the WHO in June, has killed at least 816 people to date and could potentially pose an even greater health risk come next summer’s South Africa showpiece. Prior to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, travelling fans were advised by the WHO to ensure their vaccinations against measles were up-to-date, to prevent the disease spreading in some European schools.
28 July 2009
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